Report: Chelsea end interest in two transfer targets

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Chelsea have been strongly linked with a move for former academy star Nathan Ake, as reports claimed that the Blues were keen on signing him this January transfer window.

Chelsea inserted a buy-back clause into the centre-back’s £20m deal to Bournemouth in 2017, and were thought to want Ake back after their FIFA transfer ban was lifted.

The Blues could sign Ake back for £40m, but reports from Sky Sports claim that Chelsea have ended interest in signing back the Netherlands international.

Another player Chelsea won’t be pursuing is Bournemouth forward Callum Wilson. The Blues had been strongly linked with the striker over the past year, but Sky Sports also report that no move would be made for the striker.

Meanwhile, football transfer expert Ian McGarry believes Chelsea transfer target Lewis Dunk is a better defender than Ake, and that the Brighton skipper will be the perfect replacement for John Terry.

“In Lewis Dunk I think you have someone who actually sees Terry as a mentor, or as an idol,” McGarry said on The Transfer Window podcast.

“In his formative playing days in the academy at Brighton & Hove Albion he looked up to Terry as his ideal centre-back.

“I think you can see in the way he plays he leads by example, he puts his body on the line constantly and he’s even had the mick taken out of him for the fact that he’ll belly flop into a block, the way that John Terry often did as well.

“But also he’s a natural leader of men on the field. He’s someone who’s no-nonsense, he will happily instruct his team-mates where they should be, what they should be doing at any given time, how to be set up etc.

“I think that’s something Chelsea lack right now.

“I think Antonio Rudiger and Kurt Zouma are good centre-backs and they have some of those attributes but not all and they’re not quite as accomplished, all-rounded, as John Terry was, even at their age.

“John, if you remember, made his Chelsea debut very young, in fact was made captain at the age of 22. So Dunk would be very much in the image of Terry, Ake is not.”

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